Detroit Metro Airport North Terminal

Romulus, Michigan


  • Wayne County Airport Authority

    Project Size

  • 824,000 SF


One of the top 20 busiest airports in the U.S., Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is the global gateway to Metro Detroit. The North Terminal was conceived as a replacement for the airport’s aged L.C. Smith and Michael Berry Terminals that would set the standard for value-conscious passenger terminal design in the post-9/11 era.

As the architect and MEP engineer of record, we collaborated with the airport authority, project lead / design architect Gensler Detroit and a team of 13 consulting firms to develop a modern passenger terminal that is a model of efficiency and provides an easy experience to the travelers passing through its halls.


The 26-gate, 824,000 SF passenger terminal offers streamlined security and ample amenities for business and leisure travelers. The upper level accommodates ticketing and luggage check-in areas, two TSA passenger inspection areas and multiple shops and restaurants, while the lower level is reserved for baggage and other airport functions.

The terminal was designed with flexibility in mind – each gate can serve a wide range of aircraft, enabling the airport to adjust operations without costly renovations. The terminal also accommodates four international arrival gates with a new Customs and Border Protection facility.

We provided lead technical coordination for both the facility and airside / landside site design, managing the communication and leading weekly coordination meetings between all design team members involved in this complex project. We also developed and managed the design team’s quality assurance program.


Working diligently with our design team partners and the airport authority, we completed all construction documentation in 18 months to meet the project’s aggressive schedule. Ultimately the North Terminal was delivered on time and within budget, establishing a new benchmark for cost-efficient airport facilities without compromising the passenger experience.